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I use lessons around holiday times that are flexible enough to be
altered for those who are not allowed to make hearts or ghosties or what
In Denmark they make strings with hearts on them as garlands for anytime
of the year. I created a lesson which I present to third graders making
a simple mobile with hearts balacing on each end of a string which goes
through a straw.
It teaches lots of concepts like balance and contour cutting, etc. I
also have the children find Denmark on the map, and tell them about an
exchange student from there who lived with my family. If a child cannot
make hearts, I have them make diamonds or circles or an abstract form.
They are happy to participate, and the results provide good variety. The
students then take thier mobiles back to class and hang them from the
There is an old example hanging in my classroom, and last week during
parent conferences, a parent told me they still have one that their
oldest child made years ago hanging in their bedroom :)